Shangri-La Hotel Rasa Sentosa. Singapore.

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Singapore. – An island resort with every pleasure within grabbing distance.

Shangri-La Hotel Rasa Sentosa is different to other hotels I’ve stayed in, here is a luxury resort from which all the offerings of Sentosa Island are accessible, one perfectly positioned in its tucked away spot on the edge of the land and home to Singapore’s only private beach.

The choice is yours, take in some fun and action before withdrawing to an afternoon of quiet relaxing. Personally I was mesmerised by the views towards the South China Sea with the ships heavy on it waiting to access the port. There’s endless romance in the very name.

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My room with a view towards the sea, heavy with ships waiting to enter the port.

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Swimming pool area with all the options for water-based fun.

Sentosa Island offers many opportunities to explore the preserved natural environment of Singapore giving a sense of what life was like before the city developed into a modern metropolis.

Standing near the entrance to the resort is Singapore’s largest tree which measures 27 metres in height and 10.2 metres in girth. Recognised by Singapore’s National Parks Board as a heritage tree, it is believed that British soldiers planted the Angsana tree in 1885, whilst stationed at Fort Siloso during the pre-war period.

A tree lightning conductor has been installed to protect it and the area has been replanted to its natural habitat as a secondary rain forest. When visiting take the Nature Walk which is landscaped with tropical plants.

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Greenhouse and aroma garden for a quiet sensual retreat to read or just watch the ships go by. Below are some scenes from the garden where loungers and tables are available next to the rocks that hold the shoreline.

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This is the only private beach in Singapore and I’m told the sand was brought in from Hawaii to ensure best quality. You literally walk from the hotel down the stairs to the pool and onto the beach where the waters gently lap at your feet. Numerous water sports are offered for free and there are bikes on hire to cycle the island shoreline.

The hotel offers full day programs which  includes gym, activities, volley ball and more. It’s best to check with reception what’s on the program. But mostly you may just want to pull up a lounger and relax under a palm tree.

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This truly is an outdoor lover’s paradise.

I have never seen a buffet spread quite like the one offered at Eat on 3. Everything you can imagine with the Chinese, Indian and Malay stations I quickly came to expert of Singapore. As well as a chocolate fountain, homemade ice-creams, sweets and fruit. But it was the kiddies buffet that thrilled me. At exactly children’s height it offered pasta, chicken and rice and some treats to follow. The day care centre sealed the deal that this truly is a resort for parents and children.

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While your babies are being entertained you can take to CHI, The Spa, for some body and soul pampering. There’s a gym too if the outdoors offerings still leave you wanting.

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The garden is filled with wild orchids and towering trees, there are resident peacocks and monitor lizards which may pop up from the stream.

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I spent two night at Rasa Sentosa and even though it has a sense of family and is undeniably a resort, which may not suit all. I appreciated all the attention to detail and consideration to every need. The swift service and endless offerings. Also being close to nature.

From here I walked to Silosa Fort and all along the beach, taking the tram to the entertainment area of the island. There are busses and shuttles that connect the different points too. It’s all very easy actually.

One of the highlights for me after a couple of hours of beach dwelling, was to sit in the afternoon shade at the Bubble Bar with a Tiger beer and veggie spring rolls, watching the ships on the South China Sea with the resident peacock for company. It really is Island living.

For more info have a look at their website or email: sen@shangri-la.com. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook too.

For more on my time in Singapore, see here.

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